Associated Press – Dec 21, 2012
A prosecutor has said that a shooting on Friday morning on a rural road in central Pennsylvania left four people dead, including the gunman. Three state troopers were injured.
The shooting happened as national attention was focused on a National Rifle Association press conference in Washington DC, in which the NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre rejected calls for tighter gun control in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.
Blair County district attorney Rich Consiglio said the shooting scene on Friday morning “extended over several miles” in Frankstown Township, about 70 miles west of Harrisburg. Consiglio said the dead were three men and one woman.
State police said that one trooper was struck by gunfire but escaped serious injury because he was wearing a bulletproof vest. Consiglio said a second trooper had been hit by shattered glass and a third had been in a crash involving the gunman. Consiglio added that the public had not been and was not at risk. Avtownship supervisor, Mark Schroyer, said nearby schools were not placed on lockdown.
The identities of the victims and gunman were not immediately released.